U.S. Website for Health Exchanges Faces Intermittent Shutdowns for Repairs

Federal officials say healthcare.gov will be offline after 1 a.m. ET a few hours each night

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Young adults' participation in the insurance exchanges is considered crucial to the success of the Affordable Care Act, which requires that most Americans get health insurance or pay a fine. Insuring young, healthy people will help to offset the risk of covering older, sicker adults, experts say.

Health-reform advocates said the scope of the registration problems suggested that the controversial law -- which triggered a historic clash between Republicans and Democrats that produced the government shutdown on Tuesday -- could be just what the doctor ordered for many Americans lacking insurance. The initial interest in exploring coverage options hinted at pent-up demand for the kind of coverage now being offered, the AP reported.

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